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Ibero-American leaders lock horns over illegal immigration

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Ibero-American leaders lock horns over illegal immigration

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How to deal with illegal immigration is set to be the main talking point again on day two of the Ibero-American summit in Uruguay. Leaders from Latin America have told their Spanish and Portuguese counterparts that they need more help in fighting poverty at home to cut down on the increasing flow of legal and illegal workers from Latin countries.

Some heads of state also voiced concern about the US plan to build a 1,300 kilometre fence along its border with Mexico to reduce illegal entries. Mexico’s President, Vicente Fox, said: “A wall is not the answer. It’s not an intelligent response. It shows little understanding of the reality of the issue. It’s purely an electoral decision.”

Other leaders appealed for richer countries to open their markets up to Latin American goods to help spur job growth. A draft of a final declaration by summit leaders is expected to include a special statement rejecting the US fence plan.